On 11/03/2012 11:28 PM, Daniel Smith wrote:
> Because (left out) a Vista machine means it's probably about
> five years old or so, meaning that it could possibly be filled, and
> or replace the drive as well. It's gonna go sometime soon. Just thoughts.
> And they're so cheap now.
Ubuntu 10 has worked great for me but alas, Canonical has gone the
way of the "dedicated touchscreen interface". I will be bailing out
when the version I am using reaches "end of life" next year. Can't
sit a very computer illiterate user in front of the "Unity" desktop,
and expect them to figure it out and use it without problems. Can't
expect me to toss 20 years of reasonably efficient workflow habits
out the window either...
I have been very impressed with Mint - the other day I had occasion
to use the Live DVD in conjunction with a printer/scanner on a
random PC on a random office LAN, and the thing "just worked" all
Running an OS that works for not against the user is a very
addictive thing. Token on-topic reference: The GIMP was the first
major gateway drug that started me down the path to a 100% Free
Software world. Ubuntu stopped including the GIMP in its default
installation package, and that's another strike against Canonical...
sure it's stupidly easy to install, but dang it, GNU/Linux is
supposed to include the GIMP right out of the box, is all!
> On 11/3/12, Daniel Smith <opened...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I really have grown fond of avg's pc tuneup.
>> Normally I in the past didn't use such utilities, but I
>> tried (and paid!) for it once, and love it. Still use the
>> free avg antivirus though.
>> I would have recommended to upgrade to Win 7 and
>> wipe the whole drive. Never really liked Vista that much.
>> Seemed like only a little better than that old Longhorn
>> beta there was going around for a while.
>> But I would also just take at least a glance at the drive to
>> see how much free space there is on it.
>> On 11/3/12, Steve Kinney <ad...@pilobilus.net> wrote:
>>> On 11/03/2012 09:02 PM, Jernej Simončič wrote:
>>>> On Sat, 03 Nov 2012 13:22:52 -0400, Steve Kinney wrote:
>>>>> I would run a "registry cleaner"
>>>> Don't. Just don't. At best, they do nothing, and at worst they screw up
>>>> machine (had to fix too many machines that "registry cleaners" and
>>>> "optimizers" left in unusable state).
>>> The first thing a registry cleaner does - if it's a decent one like
>>> the Wise cleaner - is back up the existing registry files to a
>>> location where they won't be overwritten during the OS-native
>>> registry backup rotation. Then it conducts a scan and removes
>>> orphaned keys that point to non-existent files and directories,
>>> redundant keys, etc. In some cases, I have seen processes that
>>> access the registry frequently, i.e. complex application start-up
>>> routines - run 2x faster after cleaning. Usually the result is not
>>> quite that impressive.
>>> In a hypothetical worst case where damage is done by the cleaning
>>> process - something I have never seen happen in a few hundred
>>> practical cases - the saved registry can be restored with a single
>>> command and, in effect, "nothing happened at all." Any problems
>>> that need repair are the same ones that were there before the
>>> registry cleaner was tried.
>>> Progressive registry bloat is a feature, not a bug. It makes a
>>> computer with a Microsoft operating system appear to be "getting old
>>> and slowing down," which is a Good Thing if you are selling
>>> computers or operating systems. Not so good if you are the user who
>>> owns the machine in question.
>>> The best repair for any Microsoft operating system is to replace it
>>> with an operating system that works, or, failing that, reinstall the
>>> one that came with the machine. But sometimes that's not an option,
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